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March 11, 2016
For Immediate Release

BRANTFORD – Laurier’s office of Aboriginal Initiatives will host Tehotikahrathè:tha (Their Eyes Sparkle), a Mohawk language and culture camp for children ages 10 to 12 during March Break. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 – 18 on the third floor of the Research & Academic Centre Building in Brantford.

Tehotikahrathè:tha is offered in partnership with Onkwawenna Kentyokhwa Kanyen’kehaka Aetewatati, a community-based organization that teaches Kanyen’keha (Mohawk language) to adults on the Six Nations Grand River Territory near Brantford.

The camp is designed to help Aboriginal youth reconnect with their ancestral language, culture and songs and will provide a safe space for any and all Aboriginal youth to learn about Mohawk cultural traditions. Participants will learn how to introduce themselves and their families; sing, dance and introduce Iroquoian social songs; and practice a short version of the Thanksgiving Address, all in Mohawk.

"For the past two years, Laurier Brantford has been exploring its role in the ancestral language recovery movement in partnership with Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa,” said Bonnie Whitlow, Aboriginal student support coordinator. “We are excited to continue our strong partnership by offering Aboriginal youth an opportunity to attend this special camp in a traditional language and connect to their ancestry, and help be part of the preservation of our past into the future."

On the final day of camp, the students will showcase what they have learned and invite parents and families to join them as they run and host a social.

All Aboriginal youth are welcome, and space is limited. Registration is $20 for the week, and includes healthy snacks and lunches.

For more information or a registration package, please contact Bonnie Whitlow at 519.756.8228 ext. 5884 or bwhitlow@wlu.ca.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Bonnie Whitlow, Aboriginal Student Support Coordinator
Office of Aboriginal Initiatives

T: 519.756.8228 x5884

E: bwhitlow@wlu.ca

Beth Gurney, Associate Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.756.8228 x5753

E: bgurney@wlu.ca

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